My name is Patrick W. O'Toole,(Paddy if you wish).I live in the cold far off state of North Dakota, USA.
While I was in the US army, I was frequently asked, "What's an Irishman doing in North Dakota?" I couldn't answer, I didn't know; I was born and raised there.
My father, Patrick, was born there in 1893, he was a farmer.His father, also Patrick, and my father's O'Toole grandparents came to US(N.Dak) via Canada, probably in the 1880's.
My father's O'Toole GGrandparents came over from Ireland to the US east coast, from there to Canada (don't know the year), settled there for a while.Then some of their progeny, my GGrandparents and Grandfather, moved to (or snuk accross the border to) North Dakota, where they became farmers (could be pioneers of the area, as far as I know).
And what did they raise on their farmlands?If you guessed POTATOES, you guessed right.
It was found that the Red River Valley of ND was a great place to raise potatoes.Do you suppose that's a reasonable explanation for an Irishman to be found in North Dakota?